What is a provider? A provider is a health care professional who takes care of patients. This may be a doctor, a nurse practitioner, behavioral health provider, or other health care professional. Even if you aren’t sick now, it’s important to choose a primary care provider and to schedule your first appointment. Your PCP oversees your total health care and may work with other care providers and specialists to keep you healthy. CHPW members can browse our Provider Network…

What is a Network? A Network is the facilities, providers, and suppliers your health insurer has contracted with to provide health care services. Your insurance company can tell you which providers are “in-network” (they may also be called “preferred-providers” or “participating providers”). If a provider is “out-of-network,” they are not approved by your health plan and it will cost you more to see them. Keep in mind: networks can change. Check with your provider each time you make an…

If you are like most people, you know very little about your health insurance. Usually provided through your employer, health insurance is there for you to help with the costs of your medical bills. Your employer may pay for you to have insurance,...

Get health coverage for you and your family before you get sick. Health coverage is the first step to better health and well-being. Health coverage helps pay for seeing a health care provider, medications, hospital care, and special equipment when you’re sick. It is also important when you’re not sick. Most coverage includes immunizations for children and adults, annual wellness visits, health screenings, and more for free. Start leading a healthier life now! #health #family #wellness

A Specialist treats specific conditions. Specialists include: cardiologists, oncologists, psychologists, allergists, podiatrists, and orthopedists. You may need a Referral (or get a specific instruction) from your primary care provider before you go to a specialist in order to have your health plan pay for your visit. Learn more: http://chpw.org/health-map/step-4

For some services, your health plan may require you to first get Preauthorization (also called prior authorization, prior approval, or precertification) which is a decision by your health plan that a health care service, treatment plan, prescription drug, or durable medical equipment is medically necessary. Ask your plan if you need prior authorization before you visit your provider. Learn more: http://chpw.org/health-map/step-4

Learn the basics about health insurance in a flash. Hear from a one of the nation's top insurance advisors who will explain why health insurance is so important, help demystify the health insurance process and quickly provide you with a good understanding of important insurance terms and concepts.

Your provider is there to help you stay healthy. Finding the right provider is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your health care! Before making an appointment, call to ask questions: Are they in your network? Are they accepting new patients? Are they accepting patients with your health coverage? Where is the office located? What appointment times are available? Do they speak your language? Ask your friends or family if they have providers they like and what they like…

Your Primary Care Provider, sometimes called PCP, is the provider you see the most. They will get to know you and help you keep track of your health over time. If you’re an adult, your primary care provider may be called a family physician or doctor, internist, general practitioner, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Your child or teenager’s provider may be called a pediatrician. If you’re elderly, your provider may be called a geriatrician. It is important to know your primary…

From comparing providers to asking about discounts, here are 8 tips for choosing the right pet health insurance provider

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